Community service for king-hit

A MAN who king-hit an opponent in a Tweed Border Hockey Association match has been ordered to complete 200 hours community service.

Burringbar farmer Anthony Thomas Shackell, 43, pleaded guilty at Tweed Heads Local Court earlier this month to recklessly causing grievous bodily harm in relation to the incident, which left the victim with fractures in his nose, left cheek and orbital rim, plus nerve damage.

According to police facts, the April 24 division three clash at Casuarina had been incident free, but 10 minutes before full time, a penalty was awarded after the victim and Shackell came into minor contact while contesting the ball.

Words were exchanged between the two players, but play continued. Shortly after, the players came in contact again, words were exchanged and Shackell raised his stick to the victim's chest, then the pair began pushing each other.

The referee intervened and made the players separate.

They turned away from each other, but Shackell turned back sharply towards the victim and punched him in the face, immediately knocking him unconscious.

Shackell charged with the offence on May 21.

The victim later required four titanium plates inserted near his left eye.



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